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- As the number of novel coronavirus cases climbs, famous figures in industries such as theater, film, food, and music have passed away after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease resulting from the novel coronavirus.
- The theater community has mourned the loss of four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died due to complications related to the novel coronavirus.
- And Floyd Cardoz, a celebrated Mumbai-born chef and “Top Chef Masters” winner, also passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.
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COVID-19, the disease resulting from the coronavirus, has led to the deaths of more than 26,000 people – including well-known figures in arts and entertainment industries.
Theater enthusiasts around the world mourned the passing of four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died due to complications related to the novel coronavirus.
And Floyd Cardoz, the influential chef who was widely acknowledged for introducing Indian flavors to New York’s fine dining scene, died after testing positive for the disease, shaking the food and restaurant industry.
Here are members of the arts and entertainment industries who have passed away due to issues related to the novel coronavirus.
Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, passed away due to complications from the novel coronavirus.
Terrence McNally died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida on Tuesday, NPR confirmed. He was 81.
The playwright was a lung cancer survivor and had chronic inflammatory lung disease, ABC News reported.
McNally was lauded for his plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” along with the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
In 2019, he won the Tony Lifetime Achievement Award. During his acceptance speech, he told the audience, “Theater changes hearts, that secret place where we all truly live.”
Manu Dibango, a famous saxophonist, also died after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Manu Dibango passed away at a hospital in France on Tuesday, according to his Facebook page. He was 86.
The announcement confirmed that the musician died as a result of COVID-19 and said, “His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organised when possible.”
The Cameroonian musician surrounded himself with jazz after moving to Paris and became well-known for his 1972 hit song “Soul Makossa.” He performed his music- often incorporating African rhythm – for a global audience throughout his career.
“In music there is neither past nor future, only the present. I must compose the music of my time, not yesterday’s music,” Dibango said in an interview with UNESCO Courier magazine.
He continued, “All creators have something of the vampire in them: painting, literature, and journalism function like music. Some musicians are afraid of reaching that universal. But without that perspective what are we here for? What’s the point of curiosity, energy, movement, if we live for 70 years tucked away in a corner, bound hand and foot?”
“Desperately Seeking Susan” and “You” actor Mark Blum died due to health complications related to COVID-19.
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The actor passed away due to complications related to the novel coronavirus after being diagnosed with the disease the week prior, his wife Janet Zarish told the Los Angeles Times. She explained that the couple didn’t know where he came in contact with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, but said that her husband had asthma.
The Obie Award winner was a staple in New York’s theater community and had a variety of film and television roles throughout his nearly 40-year-career.
Floyd Cardoz, a world-renowned chef, died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
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Floyd Cardoz, a celebrated chef credited with delivering Indian flavors to New York’s fine dining scene, died at a hospital in New Jersey on Wednesday, his family confirmed to Scroll.in. He was 59.
Hunger Inc. Hospitality, Cardoz’s restaurant group, released a statement following the “Top Chef Masters” winner’s death, stating that he’d tested positive for the disease on March 18 and had been treated at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey.
The day before he reportedly tested positive, Cardoz wrote that he’d admitted himself to the hospital after “feeling feverish” on Instagram, also sharing a photo from the hospital.
The Mumbai-born chef added that he’d recently traveled to India to film Netflix’s “Ugly Delicious” but didn’t confirm where he was exposed to the disease.
Cardoz was a four-time James Beard Award nominee and opened multiple critically-acclaimed restaurants in New York and Mumbai. Upon hearing the news that the chef passed away, restaurateurs, food critics, and fellow chefs shared messages mourning his death and paying tribute to his life.
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